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Nov 24, 2009 7:00pm EST
situation room. up next, cnn tonigh>>> toonnigh decision on afghanistan. president obama's decision to add troop surges. what will the consequences be if it does not work? >>> and india takes center stage. snags the first state dinner in the obama administration. why is this emerging economic power so important to the united states? >>> india is going to be central to what we want to do in the world. >>> also, a disturbing new trend. police say they can't keep track of all of the registered sex offenders. there are just too many to keep an eye on. the internet provides easy prey. how can you keep your family safe? >>> good evening, and thanks for joining us. at this hour, we're waiting for the prime minister of india, manmohan singh, to arrive at the white house. president obama and the first lady will pay invitation to the first dinner. the list includes hollywood stars and business chiefs. 320 people will gather under a white house tent in the south lawn. singer jennifer hudson will headline the event. the symphony orchestra and the marine band will also perform. earlier today, pr
CNN
Nov 24, 2009 8:00pm EST
news tonight, almost 400 people being seated right now for the first state dinner of the obama administration. we've got live pictures from inside the black tie event. >> of the state visits and dinners are a really important part of our nation's diplomacy. >> from heads of state to pop stars, we've got it all. >> i'm more excited than nervous because, i mean, it's not every day you get to visit the white house or get invited to the white house. >>> also tonight, the great credit card scam. americans swipe their cards 100,000 times a minute. have you ever read the fine print? tonight a former credit executive comes clean. >> the pricing was designed that it would require a degree of some sort to understand how many different ways i'm paying and what i'm paying. i mean, bottom of the credit card, nobody knows the real cost. >> on the eve of the holiday shopping season, is the industry making an end run around reform? and our series "genealogy: the search for answers." where you are and where you came from. >> there probably are a huge number of people in the united states who ar
CNN
Nov 24, 2009 9:00pm EST
>>> please be seated. >> larry: welcome to a special edition of "larry king live." this is obama's first state dinner welcoming the prime minister of india. let's listen. >> many of you were here when i was honored to become the first president to help celebrate the festival of lights. some of you were here for the first white house celebration of the birth of the found er. tonight we gather again for the first state dinner of my presidency. the prime minister manmohan singh as we celebrate the great and growing partnership between the united states and india. as we all know in india some of life's most precious moments are often celebrated under the cover of a beautiful tent. it's a little like tonight, we have incredible food and music and are surrounded by great friends. for it's been said that the most beautiful things in the universe are the starry heavens above us and the feeling of duty within us. mr. prime minister, today we work to fulfill our duty, bring our countries closer together than ever before. tonight under the stars we celebrate the spirit and we'll sustain our
CNN
Nov 29, 2009 10:00am EST
on what changed for president obama this week, why the media coverage turned sharply negative. high unemployment has been around for a while and the afghanistan dilemma has been building for months and the health care bill remains a cliffhanger even after they mustered 60 votes to send to to the senate floor. could it be that obama is dropping to 49% for the first time in the media are suddenly treating the obama presidency like a turkey. >> tonight, the president under pressure. his job approval ratings slide as he wrestles with everything from job creation to the future of afghanistan. >> the president is getting battered on everything from health care to the economy to foreign policy. some polls show americans are increasingly questioning his credibleity. >> with the president's approval rating dipping below 50% in some poll, it is clear the health care debate is taking a toll. when you look at this he faces the deficit problem, the health care problem and none of them help him in his central problem which is still creating jobs. >> phil, why do so many journalities seem to be so
CNN
Nov 22, 2009 2:00pm EST
to our program. it's been an interesting week for president obama. he's back from his trip to asia but staring at the same problems he left behind. obama has made peace in the middle east and the war in afghanistan his top foreign policy priorities. but policy on both is now on shaky ground. the administration has been undermining president hamid karzai of afghanistan from the start. but top u.s. officials were there in kabul this week when karzai was sworn in for a second time. he used his inauguration address to announce a crackdown on corruption. and he pledged to shift the security burden to his own troops in five years. but can he do it? we have an exclusive with a key karzai ally, the afghan interior minister, and a fascinating counterpoint from one of karzai's main rivals. then the middle east, with the peace process hopelessly deadlocked, can a new jewish lobby here in the united states shake up the status quo in washington, put its stamp on u.s. policy and rival apac? jeremy ben-ami sits down with me for a face-to-face debate on u.s.-israel policy with a member of the old
CNN
Nov 29, 2009 11:00am EST
on television. "sound of sunday" for november 29th. >>> as president obama prepares to announce his new afghanistan strategy, key members of his own democratic party warn he must strike a difficult balance, persuading the american people that sending more troops now is the key to getting out of afghanistan as soon as possible. >> think he has to make a speech that shows that all of our efforts are pointed to our reduced presence in afghanistan, but i think he has to also indicate again and again how critical is it is to our national security. >> but a key republican senator says one thing the commander in chief must not demonstrate is a weakening of u.s. resolve. >> you cannot signal that they are going to be doing their part, but then as soon as it's inconvenient for us to stay, we begin to leave because that's exactly what we've done in the past. that's exactly what they fear. i talked to tribal leaders in kandahar. that's what they feared. they want us to make sure the job is done before we leave and that's why all of the talk about an exit strategy is dangerous and tells the taliban
CNN
Nov 24, 2009 4:00pm EST
joins us now live from "the situation room." >> thanks, rick. happening now. president obama feeds a huge guessing game hinting at when he'll announce his strategy for afghanistan, but a source is now telling cnn how many troops the pentagon expects to send. meanwhile, dinner and diplomacy will be served. the president tends to america's relationship with india and hosts its prime minister to a state dinner. it is the first of this administration. >>> and jennifer hudson, well, she's going to be here as well as there. the oscar and grammy winner will sing for the president and guests, but, first, she's going to be here in "the situation room" and she previews one of the songs for us. wolf blitzer is off today. i'm suzanne malveaux in cnn's command center for breaking news, politics and extraordinary reports for around the world. you're in "the situation room." >> virtually the entire nation and the world waits to hear on how many more american troops president obama might send to afghanistan. well, today it was the president himself who fueled the fire. he is giving a sense of when
CNN
Nov 24, 2009 11:00am EST
opening a state visit to the white house. president obama set to are reveal his war strategy for afghanistan within days and how cnn hero status changed his life saving clinics in kenya. i'm tony harris and you're in the "cnn newsroom." >>> president obama meeting this hour with the leader of the world's largest democracy. prime minister manmohan singh arrived two hours ago at the white house. this is the first official state visit of the obama presidency. they will hold a news coverage this hour. jill dougherty joining us with a preview. why india for the president's first state visit? >> reporter: just take the word that the president used and that is indispensable. there are issues of nuclear power, terrorism, climate change, disease, hunger, poverty and even afghanistan. it's really a broad range and that's what the two leaders are talking about right now. they will be coming out as you mentioned and having very brief comments and taking a couple of questions from reporters. it's a big day with a very busy agenda. and both leaders stressing the potential of this economica
CNN
Nov 20, 2009 4:00pm EST
. >> are we beginning to see the outlines though of an obama strategy? >> we are and trying to piece it together it's hard to come up with sort of specific numbers, but what we are seeing is that this is more likely to be a process, wolf, than the president coming out and saying we're going to do "x" number of troops, but what he's going to do is set benchmarks or targets for afghanistan and pakistan to meet. in other words, in afghanistan, you've got to -- you've got to be more independent, set up your troops, get rid of corruption. pakistan, start targeting al qaeda, start targeting militants. the big question, wolf, we don't know if they don't meet those benchmarks what do we do then? what's our stick, you know, because we're there for us, we're not there for them. >> it also looks like the administration is beginning to rethink the entire strategy in dealing with the recently re-elected hamid karzai? >> yeah. i spoke with one administration source who said to me let's just call it a recalibration because obviously this is an administration that's been very disappointed in karzai,
CNN
Nov 30, 2009 4:00pm EST
. happening now, the buildup to president obama's big announcement on afghanistan. he's starting to spread the word about troop level and strategy before he speaks to the nation and the world tomorrow night. the manhunt for the suspected shooter in the deaths of four police officers. the spotlight is on an ex-convict now on the loose in washington, the state and former presidential candidate who commuted his sentence and let him out of jail and tough questions for the white house about the now famous presidential party-crashers. how did it happen, and what's the secret service doing to stop it from happening again? i'm wolf blitzer in cnn's command center for breaking news, politics and extraordinary reports from around the world. you're in "the situation room." >>> president obama is putting more top officials in the loop today about his new war plan strategy in afghanistan. his long-awaited public announcement on troop levels a little over 24 hours from now, and there's a lot of anticipation and concern about more american lives on the line along with lots more u.s. taxpayer dollars. let
CNN
Nov 24, 2009 6:00am EST
saying that president obama has the information he needs to make a decision. we got that word late last night after the president met with his national security team for a ninth time. our elaine quijano was working the story from the pentagon and what are you learning about the president's decision? >> well, kiran, we know that meeting was slated to start last night in the white house situation room around 8:00 local time, and we're told that it wrapped up some two hours later at 10:00 p.m. afterwards white house press secretary robert gibbs described the meeting as a rigorous final meeting and he said that president obama now has the information he wants and needs to make a decision. he also said that the president plans to announce that decision within days. the president has met with members of his war council since september nine times. one thing that was interesting to note in the photo that white house released of last night's meeting we saw someone there who's not traditionally thought of as part of the president's war council, that is the president's budget chief, peter orszag.
CNN
Nov 25, 2009 4:00pm EST
you to set your tv sets, because we know exactly when president obama is going to announce his strategy decision for afghanistan, and there's only one remaining question. how many more u.s. troops are going to go to war? well, this guessing game is under way, but we do have a few things that we do know. there are 68,000 u.s. troops in afghanistan right now, and a defense official who is in the know says the pentagon expects orders to send another 34,000 troops which actually means more than 102,000 american troops could be fighting this war. now whether or not this equation is accurate, well, that's going to be revealed in the next couple of days by the president, but i want to go straight to our cnn white house correspondent dan lothian. obviously, dan, this is a decision that he has made. we're hearing all kinds of things about the troop levels. what is he going to lay out for the american people in the days ahead? >> reporter: first of all, as you know, this is highly anticipated, and it been circulating for days that this announcement would be made soon. now the white house
CNN
Nov 23, 2009 7:00pm EST
situation room." up next, "cnn tonight." >>> tonight, waiting on a war plan. president obama and his war counsel meeting tonight. should more soldiers be sent into battle? and if so, where will the money come from? >> the cost of the afghan war will wipe out every other initiative that we have to try to rebuild our own economy. >> reporter: some democrats are calling for new taxes on the rich to pay for any troop surge. and mixed messages on the economy. a classic case of good news/bad news. the stock market has roared back, but millions can't find jobs. is the recovery real? how confident should we be? >>> also, the pitfalls of websites like facebook. sometimes posting too much information is not so friendly. one woman's vacation photos have cost her big-time. >> because there are no precedents, it's a free for all right now. >> how careful do you need to be? >>> good evening and thanks very much for joining us. within the hour, president obama will meet with his war counsel to debate the next move in afghanistan. it will be the ninth and final time that the group will meet. despite the
CNN
Nov 24, 2009 12:00am EST
on health care? and president obama's approval rating and what does the drop really mean? and oprah's best friend, gayle king will tell us why lady o. is really leaving her syndicated show. oprah regular suzy ormen is here to tell us if the yeen of all media is making the right decision. all next on "larry king live." lots of things to discuss with ann coulter, the syndicated columnist and conservative commentator, "new york times" best-selling author. her most recent book is "guilty: liberal victims and their assault on america." and in atlanta, reverend al sharpton, the civil rights leader. he is in atlanta as part of n.a.n.'s national day of outrage, advocating for an end to gun and gang violence. okay. ann, the senate is set to move forward on the debate on health care. as a conservative, do you agree that there are problems, that the health care system needs change? >> yes. mostly caused by government intervention. for one thing, two main problems with government intervention, one is going back to world war ii when fdr imposed wage and price controls. employers started providing healt
CNN
Nov 24, 2009 1:00pm EST
of a complicated high-stakes puzzle with president obama snack dab in the middle. right now he's in the full day of a ceremony and substance, the first state dinner of his presidency, and the guest of honor is prime minister manmohan singh, the leader of the world's largest democracy. one whose historic with pakistan is there on the u.s. war in afghanistan and beyond. the two leaders wrapped up face-to-face talks and talked to reporters ashort time again, you might have seen it on cnn. president obama wouldn't get too specific on his long-awaited decision on afghanistan. >> i think the review that we've gone through has been comprehensive and extremely useful and has brought together my key military advisors, but also civilian advisors. i can tell you, as i've said before, that it is in our strategic interests, in our national security interests, to make sure that al qaeda and its extremist allies cannot operate effectively in those areas. we'll dismantle and degrade their capabilities and ultimately dismantle and destroy their works. >>> well, in terms of people, culture, money, clout, india is
CNN
Nov 28, 2009 6:00pm EST
. >>> president obama vows to finish the job in afghanistan. he'll reveal his new strategy to the nation at westpoint as the pentagon plans to send thousands of re-enforcements to the war zone. can the troops make a difference? >> the president will attend a climate change summit in denmark. can they reach an agreement to reduce green house gases. >>> and the president hosted his first state dinner this week. entertainer jennifer hudson sang for the guests after singing for us. my interview with the oscar and grammy-winner. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. wolf blitzer is off today. i'm suzanne malveaux, and you're in "the situation room." >>> president obama is about to reveal a new strategy for the war in afghanistan. he'll travel to the u.s. military academy at west point on tuesday where he's going to brief the nation on his plans to send more troops to the war zone. this week, he signaled that determination. >> after eight years, some of those years in which we did not have, i think, either the resources or the strategy to get the job done, it is my
CNN
Nov 27, 2009 7:00pm EST
the couple even met president obama. here you see the picture of them meeting him in the receiving line and managed to snap a picture with vice president joe biden. michaele and tareq salahi did not have an invitation, not on the guest list but somehow made it past the elaborate security checkpoints. the couple is angling for a spot on "the real housewives of d.c." dan lothian reports on how the white house is explaining this incredible security mishap. dan? >> reporter: the white house now admits president obama met the uninvited guests in the receiving line and parentally not the first time. this undated cvideo shows mr. obama and the black-eyed peas. another scandal the u.s. secret service is taking full responsible for. in a statement director mark sullivan says "they should have been prohibited from entering the event entirely. that failing is ours." he adds that the agency is "deeply concerned and embarrassed." earlier in the day, secret service agents paid a visit to the owe say sis winery in virginia, the couple's mailing addre address. the manager confirms two agents indicated
CNN
Nov 24, 2009 9:00am EST
minutes from now, president obama and the first lady will welcome india's prime minister, manmohan singh. it's the obama administration's first state visit. cnn foreign affairs correspondent jill dougherty is joining us now live from the wous wi white house with more on this. good morning, jill. tell us more about the events today and why they're so significant. >> reporter: well, the events, number one, there's a lot of pomp and circumstance with this. it is the president's first state visit, and so symbolically, but also in a very substantiative way, you're going to have a lot of things happening today. beginning with the arrival ceremony very shortly, about to take place. normally, that would be on the south lawn. there would be military guard and all of that. but since it's been raining for a couple of days and rightening a little bit, but it's going to be inside. nonetheless, pretty formal event. then you're going to have meetings, bilateral meeting, the two leaders sitting down, one on one. then, of course, an expanding bilat, as they call them, where their aides will be taking par
CNN
Nov 23, 2009 4:00pm EST
. >>> happening now, president obama is holding two major meetings, one with his cabinet and another with his war council, and we are told that the president could make his decision on afghanistan as early as tonight. now alleged 9/11 terrorists could get a megaphone and shout some hateful anti-american views. wait until you hear the intentions of khalid shaikh mohammed and the four other 9/11 defendants at their new york civilian trial. >>> and could your walls be destroying your home making you sick and you don't even know it? there are alarming findings about chinese drywall. wolf blitzer is off. i'm suzanne malveaux in cnn's command center for breaking news, politics and extraordinary reports from around the world. you're in "the situation room." >>> even amid a holiday week urgent matters of life and death, the economy, here at home, there are grave matters of life and death that are in afghanistan and all of this, of course, requires the president's attention. it's all on his plate. today the president is holding two major meetings. there's one with his cabinet, and in just a few hours the
CNN
Nov 20, 2009 7:00pm EST
, like the devil hates holy water. >> but can a handful of renegade democrats kill president obama's dream of health care overhaul. >>> more cancer confusion. first it was mammogram guidelines. now women face new recommendations on when to be screened for cervical cancer. who really wins with a new screening advice, women or the health care industry? >>> also, student uprising. >> this is what democracy looks like. >> university students in california stage a campus takeover to protest soaring tuition costs. >>> and thanks for joining us tonight. the health care overhaul is about to face a critical test vote in congress. the senate will be in session tomorrow. that's right, a saturday. not just any saturday, but the saturday before the thanksgiving holiday. the fact that they're not already heading home for the holiday is a sure sign of the pressure democrats are feeling to push the health care overhaul through before the end of the year. today democratic leaders were desperately trying to secure support from members of their own party. dana bash has the story. >> reporter: behind
CNN
Nov 22, 2009 11:00am EST
part of the legislation if the obama administration could have figured out how to do a waiver or something easy enough to fix a red tape problem. so that was not a sweetener and she will be in a lot of political trouble if she votes for anything that remotely resemble what is going to go to debate now. >> you say, and i'll trust the judgment of the two new orleans residents especially when they agree that this was something that was necessary for the state. one of the questions is what will it do to the climate in washington because if i'm a senator on the fence now and harry reid needs my vote and she gets that from louisiana i'm thinking the market might be open. let's listen to sharon brown, and she agrees with you, james, that it is a necessary thing, but he does worry about the impact. >> i want to see this bill passed and nobody likes these kinds of deals. anything that's done needs to be in the best interest of those states in this country. i think those probably helped, if that, in fact wanted. i have no way of knowing if it did. i suppose that helped a lot of people i
CNN
Nov 24, 2009 3:00pm EST
the obama dinner and perhaps even makes history. >> now time for us to serve up rick sanchez in the 3:00 p.m. newsroom. >>> making news right now, seeking the truth about iraq. hearings underway in london to get to the bottom of what went wrong at we're there. a new report on alleged torture and how it poisoned our iraqi support. >> translator: we thought we got rid of the tyrant saddam hussein. >>> and if we do send more troops, how are we going to pay for it? anyone? >>> and another billboard in a major american city questions the president's birth and calls him a jihadi, except they spell it wrong. your conversation for november 24, 2009 begins right now. >>> and hello, again, everybody, this is the next generation of news, it's a conversation, not a speech and this is what makes us different, it's your turn to get involved. i'm going to bring you this news over live pictures of the white house. house speaker nancy pelosi is due to walk into the white house any moment now. what we're seeing is a congressional notification on afghanistan that we all as americans have long been waiting fo
CNN
Nov 25, 2009 1:00am EST
>> larry: matthew, we know where you stand. thank you all. >>> president obama says he will finish the job in afghanistan. more troops, more money and a new focus. yet even the best possible outcome might not resemble victory as america knows it. also tonight, nip and tax? taxing cosmetic surgery to finance health insurance for people who can't afford it? sound like a good plan? maybe not after you find out who's really effected here and what happened when one state actually tried this. we are grilling doctors and lawmakers tonight, "keeping them honest." >>> plus, the republican party's ten new commandments. it's a purity test. how many republicans would pass? would ronald reagan make the grade? we have the answers and the "raw politics" ahead tonight. >>> three months after the commander general stanley mcchrystal called for more forces and eight years after the war began, the outlines are coming into focus. reportedly as many as 34,000 additional troops will be sent, on top of 20,000 the president sent in march and would push force levels there above the 100,000 mark. the new st
CNN
Nov 26, 2009 1:00am EST
into president obama's state dinner at the white house and mingling with the guests, all the way up to the vice president. questions are swirling tonight and investigation is under way. we will have all of the late-breaking details. >>> also tonight, as the president gets ready to send more troops to afghanistan, the "raw politics" of that decision. will democrats support it? will republicans, many of whom backed the war, also back the president? and can a sharply divided country come together over this difficult issue? >>> and later, up close. the bargains this black friday might bring and what you should avoid like the black plague. >>> but first, breaking news. last night state dinner at the white house turns out it's tonight's history making security breach, one that demands a lot of answers from the white house, the secret service and president obama's inner circle. it's about this couple. they posed for pictures. they were announced. they mixed and mingled at last night's dinner, and basically they had a ball. the big problem is they were not invited. they were not on the guest list. they
CNN
Nov 28, 2009 7:00pm EST
. plus the war in afghanistan. president obama announcing his plans tuesday. what will be the strategy to win here? we will talk to a retired military general about that. we welcome your feedback. just log on. looks like we're in for a bumpy ride. go ahead, ignore me. but in this turbulent market, you're going to need help... protecting some of your assets for retirement. an axa equitable annuity could give you... guaranteed income for life. i'd call them, but what do i know? i'm just the 800-pound gorilla in the room. don't worry. i'm here. want guaranteed income for life? axa equitable is redefining what you expect from annuities. ooh, peanuts. >>> president barack obama is to make a key announcement tuesday on additional u.s. troop deployments to afghanistan. the figure floated is 34,000 american troops on top of 68,000 already there and 45,000 troops from other countries. the british prime minister announced a high level conference to work out ah time frame for afghanistan to take over its own security. the white house has endorsed the conference set for january 28th as an opportun
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Nov 28, 2009 10:00pm EST
. >>> president obama makes a key announcement tuesday on additional u.s. troop deployments to afghanistan. 34,000 extra american troops is the figure that's been floated. that's on tom of tp of the 68,0 already there, along with 45,000 troops for other countries. >>> today the british prime minister announced a high-level conference next month in london to work out a time frame to take over its own security. the white house endorsed the conference set for january 28th as an opportunity to discuss a wide range of issues critical to afghanistan's future. >>> tune into cnn tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. eastern for president barack obama's announcement. cnn will carry it live for you. >>> the u.s. is warning iran that it is prepared to work for even stronger economic sanctions. the warning follows friday's censure of iran by the u.n. national watchdog agency demanding iran stop enriching uranium and also stop construction on its once-secret nuclear facility. in a rare show of unity, the russian, china and france join the rare form of unity. >>> and to help mark the occasion, the communist country la
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Nov 29, 2009 9:00am EST
and this is "state of the union." president obama prepares to announce his new strategy for afghanistan. >> it is my intention to finish the job. >> two influential senators weigh in on troop levels, the timetable, and the cost of war. democrat jack reed of rhode island and republican richard lugar of indiana. >>> now's the time to move forward towards peace. >> a rare hint of movement in the search for middle east peace. we'll check in with special envoy tony blair live from the region. >>> and in our "american dispatch," we travel to seattle to see how despite scarce resources, one program tries to get homeless teens off the streets and on to a better path. >>> this is the "state of the union" report for sunday, november 29th. >>> good morning. hope you all had a great thanksgiving. president obama this week will unveil his long-awaited new strategy for afghanistan. administration sources suggest it includes a significant boost in u.s. troop levels. the official announcement is planned in prime-time tuesday night at the west point military academy before an audience of army cadets and military off
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Nov 30, 2009 3:00pm EST
was demoted. according to a "newsweek report," by the obama administration. is that what allowed them to get in? so fashionably as they do so there. there is brand-new information i'm going to be sharing with you on that story. and don't forget. there's another way to participate in this national conversation. it's not just on twitter or myspace or facebook or skype, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. you can call us. dial the number, 877-742-5751 and start with "hey, rick." cade. ...is now over the counter at walmart as prevacid 24hr - to treat frequent heartburn. over the counter. unbeatable prices. talk about a relief. save money. live better. walmart. tylenol pm is recommended by more doctors than any other sleep medicine. it eases pain... and helps you sleep, in a non-habit forming way. >>> welcome back. i'm rick sanchez. there is breaking news from washington. within the last couple of minutes, the united states senate began its official debate on health care reform. there you see some of the pictures of what's going on on the floor right now. earlier, majority leader harry reid announce
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Nov 24, 2009 10:00pm EST
, erica hill and "ac 360." erica? >>> president obama says he will finish the job in afghanistan. more troops, more money, and a new focus. it even the best possible outcome here may not resemble victory as america knows it. >>> also tonight, nip and tax. taxing cosmetic surgery to help fund health insurance. sound like a good plan? maybe not until you hear who is really affected here and what happened when one state tried. this we're grilling doctors and law makers to night, "keeping them honest." >>> plus the republican party's ten new commandments. it's a purity test. how many republicans would pass? ronald reagan make the grade? we have the answers and "raw politics" ahead tonight. >>> first up, president obama's decision to escalate the war in afghanistan. three months after his commander general stanley mcchrystal called for additional forces and more than eight years after the war began. the outlines are now coming into focus. reportedly as many as 34,000 additional troops will be sent. that's on top of 20,000 the president sent in march. and would push force level there's above
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Nov 28, 2009 4:00pm EST
party crashers get to president obama? take a look right here. >>> and the police pay a call on tiger woods. the latest on the middle of the night mystery that has everybody talking. >>> and celebrating at the cinema, from ninja assassins to a cartoon fox. what's on the big screen this holiday season? you're in the cnn "newsroom" where the news unfolds live this saturday, november 28th. i'm fredricka whitfield. hello again. >>> russia says it's dealing with an act of terrorism. a second bomb detonated at the site of friday's deli train derailment. authorities say the initial wreck was caused by a homemade bomb that exploded asle train traveled from moscow to st. petersburg. dozens he were killed and hundreds injured. no one was hurt in the second blast. it's a train popular with government officials, tourists, and business executives. >>> we're learning more about the cup whouple who crashed thee house state dinner. they actually got to meet president obama face to face. cnn's kate bolduan it is he white house. what is the white house saying about this face-to-face meeting? >> reporte
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Nov 21, 2009 2:00pm EST
that at the white house, they are monitoring the debate closely. you can be sure president obama is being very much kept up to date on the debate and the vote count going on on capitol hill. per happens to increase the pressure to get the ball rolling in the senate, the white house released a statement of administration policy last night. it lays out clearly, the president's position on the bill. i'll read it to you in part. the administration strongly supports senate passage of the patient protection and affordable care act that represents a critical milestone in the effort to reform our health care system. in an interview with cnn, president obama said he was confident that congress will succeed at the end of the day in passing some form of health care reform. at the end of the day today, we will have an indication. this isn't the end game. we'll have an indication if president obama is one step closer to or away from achieving the number one priority. >> thanks so much, from the white house. it will be interesting to learn over the next couple days how hard the white house is campaigning to try
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Nov 22, 2009 1:00pm EST
head of a raucous populist democracy. loves to read. by all accounts he and president obama have forged a good personal relationship. but the visit of india's prime minister to washington is about more than personalities. it is the first official state visit of the obama presidency. it should be an occasion to celebrate and solidify the alliance between the world's largest democracy and the world's oldest democracy. but in fact, so far the obama presidency has been marked by a series of small fumbles and miscues in its relations n new delhi. we think a lot about south asia and call it afback. fixated on stabilizing afghanistan, washington seems to be relying more and more heavily on pakistan to tackle the taliban problem. in doing so more disturbingly, washington seems to be adopting the world view of the pakistani army, an army that created the taliban and despite $10 billion of aid from the united states, has taken no serious steps to dismantle it. pakistan's long-standing position has been that it has a right to see a pro-pakistani government in afghanistan. the respected expert harr
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Nov 22, 2009 5:00pm EST
who loves to read. by all accounts he and president obama have forged a good personal relationship. but the visit of india's prime minister to washington is about more than personalities. it is the first official state visit of the obama presidency. it should be an occasion to celebrate and solidify the alliance between the world's largest democracy and the world's oldest democracy. but in fact, so far the obama presidency has been marked by a series of small fumbles and miscues in its relations with new delhi. in america we think a lot about south asia. and we now call it afpac. fixated on stabilizing afghanistan, washington seems to be relying more and more heavily on pakistan to tackle the taliban problem. in doing so, more disushingly, washington seems to be adopting the world view of the pakistani army, an army that created the taliban and despite $10 billion of aid from the united states, has taken no serious steps to dismantle it. pakistan's long-standing position has been that it has a right to see a pro-pakistani government in afghanistan. the respected expert harrison not
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Nov 24, 2009 1:00am EST
the obama administration wants to provide khalid shaikh mohammed with a platform. is the former vp selling new york and the justice system short? >>> and a bit later, up close, for 3 year-- 23 years he was conscious but unable to communicate. how one man broke out of the priz of his own body. >>> new questions on that blockbuster report on when to get a mammogram. this could become explosive, complicating efforts to fix health care and some critics say costing women's lives. it all comes down to the new mammogram recommendations for women. released last week. and the language that we actually discovered just today when reading the senate bill. randi kaye is keeping them honest. what have you found in this 2,074 page bill. >> reporter: 2,000 plus. on monday last week, a so-called independent panel, the u.s. preventive task force came out with new recommendations for mammograms, suggesting women start routine mammograms at age 50, not 40 as is the standard now. one of the arguments is mammograms do more harm than good, cause more false positives and more unnecessary surgery for breast cancer
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Nov 28, 2009 3:00pm EST
'm fredericka whitfield. you are in the cnn newsfield. president obama gets ready to send more troops to afghanistan. >>> a mysterious car crash that injured tiger woods. >>> black friday is over. get ready for cyber monday. the news room begins now. >>> as president obama gets ready to send more troops to afghanistan, there's talk of an exit strategy. britain will hold a conference two months from today. it's to replace international troops. >> i believe that we will be able to set a clear timetable for 2010 and beyond. within three months, our benchmark is that the afghan government should have identified additional troops to send for training. this is part of our idea we will build up the afghan army by 50,000 over the course of the next year. >> president barack obama is expected to deliver a major speech on afghanistan next week. he's expected to announce a big troop increase. the commitment in afghanistan is not open ended. we have live in kabul. the afghan's must be watching the developments closely. what are they saying? >> reporter: well, the afghan people, right now, don't k
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Nov 29, 2009 1:00pm EST
. and that is exactly because of what the revolutionary guards are doing. >> what should obama and his administration do? >> i think obama is on the right track right now. i think the world community, they have to stop a nuclear iran by any means possible. but most importantly through smart sanctions. but the obama administration, they also have to -- it also has to respect the iranian people. i think through smart sanctions, through keeping the lines of dialogue open with the iranian government, but at the same time talking about human rights abuses in iran, helping the human rights organizations in iran, talking about freedom of expression, helping the alternative media, i think the obama administration will have a more successful -- i know it's easy to talk about these things, but americans, they have made so many mistakes, especially during the eight years of the bush administration, that obama will have a very difficult task in the future in terms of relationship with iran. >> now, you've written this extraordinary cover story in "newsweek." you're now thinking about other things, or is the priorit
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Nov 25, 2009 11:00am EST
making detailed plans to deploy thousands more troops in anticipation of president obama's strategy speech to the nation next tuesday. cnn's elaine quijano reports from the pentagon. >> reporter: on the heels of the president's last scheduled war council meeting to review afghanistan strategy, pentagon planners are now expecting orders to send about 34,000 additional u.s. troops to afghanistan according to a defense official. the planning calls for army and marine brigades and support troops but top military officials have made clear getting any additional forces into the country will take months because of a lack of roads and other infrastructure. >> i anticipate as soon as the president makes his decision we can probably begin flowing some forces pretty quickly after that. it is a bigger challenge than certainly was the case in iraq. >> we had in iraq a place a staging base in kuwait. we don't have that in afghanistan. >> reporter: the 34,000 additional troops would be less than the 40,000 sources say general stanley mcchrystal, the top u.s. commander in afghanistan wants but one
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Nov 29, 2009 6:00pm EST
program. what does president obama and his allies do now? >>> in just two days the president tells you his plans on a troop ramp-up in afghanistan. what will he say? will it make a difference? cnn correspondents are on the ground in afghanistan. hello, everyone. i'm don lemon. we're following breaking news out of the seattle area. a massive manhunt under way for at least one person who gunned down four police officers this morning in a coffee shop south of tacoma. someone walked right in and killed all four. police describe it as an ambush. no one else in the coffee shop was hurt. this is the second time in less than a month that police officers in the seattle area have been targeted in fatal shootings. the officers killed today were with the city of lakewood. a short time ago, a visibly shaken sheriff spoke about this tragedy. >> as you all know, something very terrible happened today. this is an example of the danger that police officers and deputy sheriffs and state troopers face every day. the person or people who did this not only harmed us, they harmed the good that we can do in the
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Nov 29, 2009 7:00pm EST
caltrate. and give tlc to somebody you love. >>> tuesday will be a milestone for barack obama. the war in afghanistan that began eight years ago in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks will effectively become mr. obama's war after tuesday. cnn's kate bolduan explains. >> don, with all eyes on tuesday's long-anticipated announcement from president obama. defense department officials tell cnn they are preparing plans to send about 34,000 additional troops to afghanistan. according to white house press secretary robert gibbs, the president will use his address tuesday to explain why the u.s. is in afghanistan, what the u.s. plan is in the country going forward, what the cost is for this new comprehensive strategy and, according to gibbs, the president will also make clear this is not an open-ended engagement. but president obama faces some real challenges in selling this new comprehensive strategy as the american people and members of congress seem divided. >> from my point of view, the president is correct in assessing that afghanistan is a war that must be won because the national sec
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Nov 23, 2009 10:00pm EST
she joined president obama and presenting the 2009 rfk human rights award to the women of zimbabwe. we salute ethel kennedy and the work for the center for justice and human rights, established in honor of her late husband. for more about the rfk center, go to cnn.com/larryking. now erica hill and "ac 360." >>> tonight women concerned about whether to get a mammogram have something new to think about. will those recommendations, the same ones still causing such a stir, actually find their way into law? administration officials say not to worry, noting these are only guidelines. but did they speak too soon? could this derail the push for health care reform? we're "keeping them honest." >>> plus, helping us, a high powered panel to do that, former hewlett-packard ceo carly fiorina and gloria steinem, both of them breast cancer survivors and bernadine healey with us. >>> the 9/11 mastermind steps from ground zero. the obama administration wants to provide him with a platform. is the former vp selling new york and the justice system short? a strategy session tonight with two former fed
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Nov 26, 2009 6:00am EST
dinner, the first for the obama administration. it looks like time has shown, not exactly gaffe free. dan lothian, thanks. this state dinner breach has a lot of people wondering about the kind of security that's usually in place for white house guests. here's more in an a.m. extra. typically, visitors have to provide the white house with personal information, well ahead of time. things like your date of birth and social security number. once you arrive, there are two security checkpoints to clear that require i.d.s and metal detector screening. our own dr. sanjay gupta attended tuesday night's event. we asked him if he thought it was possible for someone to simply slip past security. >> it seems quite possible. that first checkpoint was the time that people were sort of getting scrutinized the most. a lot of times, the social secretary was there and sort of recognized people and then scratched names off a clipboard, literally. but i'll tell you, it was pretty crowded right outside the east gate. that's where everyone entered at that time. some people were driving up, some people were walk
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Nov 29, 2009 2:00pm EST
this week. see you next week. >>> on the eve of a critical decision for president obama, we have a dramatic debate over one of the u.s. military's most valuable but most controversial weapons. >>> i'm christiane amanpour and welcome to our program. high stakes for president barack obama this week with a decision on troop strength that could determine the fate of the war in afghanistan. but we focus on one of the defining but little debated tactics. the controversial use of unmanned remote control weapons, drones target insurgents in afghanistan and pakistan without risking u.s. lives. but they have killed hundreds of civilians on the ground. we talk with a former top cia official, a former pakistani general, and one of the foremost experts on the drone program. we also take a new look at an old war, the cold war between the united states and cuba. a key congressional committee is discussing lifting the ban on americans traveling to cuba. could the embargo fall next? we talk to the committee chairman and to a leading human rights advocate with a scathing report on cuba. plus, differing viewp
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Nov 29, 2009 5:00pm EST
the revolutionary guards are doing. >> what should obama and his administration do? >> i think obama is on the right track right now. i think the world community, they have to stop a nuclear iran by any means possible. but most importantly through smart sanctions. but obama administration, they also have to -- it also has to respect the iranian people. i think through smart sanctions, through keeping the lines of dialogue open with the iranian government, but at the same time talking about human rights abuses in iran, helping the human rights organizations in iran, talking about freedom of expression, helping the alternative media, i think the obama administration will have a more successful -- i know it's easy to talk about these things, but americans, they have made so many mistakes, especially during the eight years of the bush administration, that obama will have a very difficult task in the future in terms of a relationship with iran. >> now, you've written this extraordinary cover story in "newsweek." you're now thinking about other things, or is the priority right now your newborn girl? >> th
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Nov 29, 2009 10:00pm EST
,000. on tuesday president barack obama expected to authorize another 34,000 american forces to fight the taliban and help train afghan forces. that is a 50% increase over the 68,000 who are already there. there are also 45,000 troops from other countries as well. we're in afghanistan, and chris lawrence is in washington to share their insights on the impending troop announcement. thank you for joining us. chris, you returned from afghanistan a short time ago. atia, you are there now. chris, when you're talking to the pentagon and hearing about the troop levels, the pentagon is preparing some 30,000 to 34,000 troops to go over there. how are they preparing them, and how soon before they will possibly go? >> well, from what we're hearing, the first troops could leave just next month, about a thousand marines to leave next month. and then another few thousand to follow after that, possibly in january. after that they will roll out in staggered brigades. there's no way that you could deploy 30,000 to 40,000 troops in afghanistan all at once. there's just no infrastructure there to handle that kind o
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Nov 23, 2009 8:00pm EST
obama is meeting with his war council in the situation room. it is a who's who of national security advisers. biden, clinton, gates and five generals all in attendance. the goal, to make a final decision on how many more american troops will be sent to fight in afghanistan. the white house says the president is taking his time, so that he can make the right decision for the country. >> i think the american people want the president to take the time to get this decision right. rather than to make a hasty decision. >> well, that's not enough to keep critics at bay. former vice president dick cheney taking the opportunity to take a swipe at the white house. >> the delay is not cost-free. it's not one of these deals where you can sit there and delay and delay and delay and think you'll make a better decision. every day that goes by raises doubts in the minds of our friends and allies in the region about what you're going to do, raises doubts in the minds of the troops. >> cheney and other critics may not have to wait long. the president is expected to announce his troop strategy as earl
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Nov 28, 2009 10:00am EST
obama, and we have pictures to show that in the receiving line with the indian prime minister singh. the secret service has insisted that the president was never danger because the salahis, as well as all of the guests, had to go through different levels of security. but the agency, the director of the secret service now says that the agency is deeply concerned and embarrassed. in a statement that was released friday, the director of the secret service, mark sullivan, he goes on to say -- so, clearly, not a good day for the u.s. secret service and the investigation continues, brianna. >> and do we know anything else about the investigation, kate? >> reporter: well, right now, we know that the secret service is not ruling out the possibility of criminal charges. we also -- the last we heard was that secret service investigators were trying to sit down and speak with the salahis. according to a statement that was released, put out from this couple's attorney, this attorney says the salahis, they say they didn't crash the event, brianna. they say also they look forward to setting the r
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